COVID-19: Among 25 cases in Kashmir today, 12 are non-locals

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Srinagar: Among the twenty-five new cases of coronavirus in Kashmir, twelve are non-local residents. The tally in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 270.

Out of the positive cases confirmed from Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science, Soura, included nine from Bandipora and three from Baramulla. The other thirteen cases were confirmed at Chest and Disease hospital lab; it includes twelve residents of New Delhi, Gujarat, and Kerela.

District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that twelve among the thirteen, who tested positive, were already put under quarantine.

“They are religious preachers from Delhi, Gujarat, and Kerala and were already under quarantine,” said Mr. Choudhary.

With these cases, the officially confirmed tally stands at 270 — forty-nine in Jammu and 222 in Kashmir. Four people have died due to the infection in the J-K while eight others—three each in Jammu and five from Kashmir divisions including two minor sisters from Natipora Srinagar have recovered and discharged, leaving the active cases in Kashmir to 213 and forty-five in Jammu.

Meanwhile, the sisters — 7-year-old and three and a half year-old — were discharged along with their mother who was COVID-19 negative but was staying with her daughters. “The repeat samples of both the children and of the mother came negative for COVID-19 today,” officials said.

Principal Secretary Information and government spokesman, Rohit Kansal, termed it as a “Great News”. “Mubarak to the families and gratitude to the entire medical team,” he tweeted.

The children from Natipora had come in contact with their grandfather who had arrived from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah and tested positive for COVID-19.

The man had shared the same flight as that of the Kashmir’s first COVID-19 patient – a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar’s Khanyar area – who was discharged from SKIMS Soura. (GNS)

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